Meet Our Fishermen

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We fish off Aquidneck Island year round, catching delicious local lobsters, crab, conch…and lots more! In 2009 we built a ‘Shack’ where we sell our catch directly to the public. It is stocked with wild caught Lobsters, Crab and Conch. When you purchase at The Shack – you are paying the fishermen directly, not the middleman. This way you can be guaranteed the freshest product at the lowest possible price!

Most of us have been fishing here since we were kids.. When you buy from The Shack, you make it possible for us to keep doing what we love..catching fresh Rhode Island seafood!


Check out our fleet.


Go ‘video‘ lobstering with us!



Some of Our Members…

Here are a few of the boats who sell their catch through The Shack. (F/V stands for “Fishing Vessel.”)

FV Blue MoonF/V Blue Moon

39′ Lobster

Captain Denny Ingram has been fishing off Aquidneck Island for 35 years. The F/V Blue Moon catches lobster and crab. Check out his recipe for authentic Rhode Island “Conch Salad” on page 28 of our cookbook.



catherine annF/V Catherine Ann

43′ Lobster

Captain Al Eagles has been fishing out of Newport since the 1970’s. He primarily targets lobster and crab. Read about him in this September 2013 article from The Providence Journal.



FV Donna MarieF/V Donna Marie

35′ Lobster/Gill Net

Captain Eric Roggero has been fishing off Aquidneck Island all his life. He catches Lobster, Crab, Conch and fin-fish.




F/V Edward JamesF/V Edward James

42′ Dragger

Captain Matt Kearns has been fishing out of Newport since 1999. In addition to lobster, the Edward James lands Summer Flounder, Scup, Squid and more!




FV-ElizabethF/V Elizabeth

40′ Lobster

Lewis Bryce has been fishing out of Rhode Island for over 20 years. The F/V Elizabeth targets lobster and crab.




FV-GhostF/V Ghost

45′  Lobster

Captain Bill Solitro passed in 2017. He began fishing out of Newport in the 1970’s and was instrumental in forming our co-op. His favorite catch was crab which he turned into his famous “Sand Crab and Roasted Corn Chowder!” (See page 44 of our cookbook.) He was a true Newport character and a born fisherman. He is missed.



FV Lou DawnF/V Lou Dawn

38′ Lobster

Lou Delgado Sr. started fishing out of Newport at 16. His son, Lou Jr., joined him in 1988. They primarily target lobster.



FV-Megan-and-KelseyF/V Megan and Kelsey

44′ Lobster

Captain Lanny Dellinger, the president of The Rhode Island Lobsterman’s Association, has been fishing out of Newport for at least 20 years! F/V Megan and Kelsey is named after his daughters. He and his crew catch local lobsters and crabs!



FV Nathaniel LeeF/V Nathaniel Lee

85′ Lobster/Crab

David Spencer and his crew have been fishing out of Newport since 1973. His boat is named after his son, Nathaniel Lee. Dave is a member of The Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation. Check  out his family’s recipe for Crab & Broccoli Soup on page 36 of our cookbook!


FV Olympia VF/V Olympia V.

28′ Lobster

Captain Harry Gould and his son have been fishing off Aquidneck Island for over 20 years. They target lobster, crab, and fin-fish.



FV-Rock-LobsterF/V Rock Lobster

42′ Lobster

Brothers Michael and Richard Breen have been fishing together out of Newport for 40 years! As the name of their boat implies, they are after local rock hard lobster!



FV Sea MuleF/V SeaMule

45′ Lobster

Captain Robby Braman and his sons have been fishing out of Newport for over 30 years. The SeaMule lands crab and lobster. Go ‘virtual’ lobstering with him in this video and check out his recipes in our cookbook, including: “Portuguese Baked Blackfish” and the famous “Mule Hog Stuffies” – named after his boat, the F/V Sea Mule!


FV Sea TimeF/V Sea Time

28′ Lobster

Captain Ian Sylvestre has been fishing out of Newport since 1989!  He is sometimes joined by his son Russell. They were featured on WPRI’s Rhode Show in this video. See Russell’s recipe for an authentic Newport “Crab Boil” on page 38 of our cookbook!



FV-Sweet-MiseryF/V Sweet Misery

44′ Lobster/Gill Net

Todd Sutton and his crew have been fishing out of Newport for 20+ years. They catch monkfish, skate, flounder, other fin-fish, and lobsters and crab.




FV VentureF/V Venture

38′ Charter Fishing/Lobster

Captain Pat Heaney found his home in Newport after finding his love for fishing off the waters of NYC. His spends most of his time helping others catch fish with his charter business, City By the Sea Charters, but he also harvests lobster and sells them at The Shack.


FV-Wolfs-DenF/V Wolf’s Den

22′ Lobster

Captain Tom Doyle has been lobstering in these waters since the early 80’s! He fishes part time for lobster, crabs, and fish – his favorite being striped bass.